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Can You Win Social Security Disability Without Going to a Hearing?

Winning Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income Benefits at the application level and avoiding a Social Security Disability hearing is not impossible, but it can be difficult. How can you increase your chances of winning benefits at the Social Security Disability application level? The best way is to understand the Social Security Disability process and how the Social Security Administration will make the determination about whether or not you are disabled and unable to work.

The Social Security Administration uses a five-step approach called the Sequential Evaluation Process to determine if claimants are disabled and unable to find a job given their current physical or mental limitations. Under the Sequential Evaluation Process the Social Security Administration will ask:

Understanding the determination process, understanding the List of Impairments and documenting your mental or physical health conditions clearly and concisely can greatly increase your chances of having your Social Security Disability application approved at the first level and avoiding a hearing. The Social Security Administration is responsible for gathering current and accurate medical records but following-up and sending medical records you already have can also be helpful. Many claimants also increase their chances of getting Social Security Disability benefits by hiring a competent Social Security Disability lawyer who can follow and review the process every step of the way.